1. Do I have to be licensed to use the State Seal?
Section 17.08 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code requires that a person must obtain a license to use the Texas State Seal for a commercial purpose. Section 17.08 defines "commercial purpose" and specifies certain exceptions to the definition.
2. If I obtain a license, can I use the state seal for any purpose?
The primary purpose of Section 17.08 is to allow for the manufacturing of products which bear a representation of the state seal. A use that is not in the best interest of the State of Texas and/or is detrimental to the image of the State is not allowed. In addition, a use may be determined to violate the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and subject the user to fines and penalties provided by such Act.
3. How do I apply for a license to use the State Seal?
You must complete a license application, available from the Registrations Unit, and file it, with the Secretary of State. A license application fee of $35.00 and a license fee of $250.00 must accompany the license application form.
In addition, each licensee must pay a royalty fee to the State in an amount equal to three percent of the licensee's annual gross receipts related to the licensed use that is in excess of $5,000.00.
4. Where do I send my request for an electronic copy of the State Seal?
Requests for an electronic version of the State Seal should be directed to Registrations Unit.